Have you ever wondered how metal buildings in Jacksonville are put together or manufactured? The process is both complicated and precise. The manufacture of a metal building is an awesome combination of engineering, draftsmanship, ingenuity, teamwork, know-how and metal building manufacturing expertise. Each building receives the utmost care and attention throughout the manufacturing process, manufactured by experienced craftsmen and watched over by a dedicated staff of professionals from start to finish. Precision engineering, machinery and components plus exceptional quality control yield a precision high quality manufactured product.
Once a customer has purchased a pre-engineered metal building or metal building system, their sales person, who performs multiple functions of building consultant, building designer, technician and estimator, forwards the purchaser’s order to the steel building factory. In the top metal building factories, the factory itself fabricates all required building components in house. That way, all components are compatible and go together easily on the job site with no surprises and no waiting for components to arrive from different suppliers.
At the steel building factory, the order entry department oversees the order from start to finish, from the time the order is received until the steel building is shipped. Steel building factory staff verifies all design codes, snow and wind loads and seismic information to make sure that everything complies with the purchaser’s contract and enters the order into scheduling software to ensure that the buildings manufacture is efficiently managed.
How does one elect the best metal building to use in Jacksonville based on all the factors to consider?
Here are 3 mistakes anyone looking to purchase a steel building will want to avoid. Whether it's a steel-arch quonset style building or a pre-engineered structural steel building, knowing this information before you make a purchase decision will help you make the right choice.
1. Make sure you buy a building that meets local building codes.
You should thoroughly investigate your city or municipality's requirements for building on your lot, including variances and setbacks before ordering any building. This includes aspects such as snow, rain, wind and seismic loading requirements.
It is very important that the building you buy will meet your local building requirements. Your building should come with professionally engineered plans that you can use to get building permits from your local authority.
2. When price shopping, be sure you're comparing "Apples to Apples"
This is probably the most important step for allowing you to get multiple, accurate quotes from different suppliers. One of the biggest factors in cost for a steel-arch building is the gauge (thickness) of material that is required. This will be determined by the size of your building and where it will be built. If the building will reside in an area that gets a lot of snow, it will need to be built in a much heavier steel to withstand those snow loads, and prevent it from collapsing.
It is also necessary to understand how your building will be connected to the foundation. There are numerous options that vary in cost and ease of assembly. A trough foundation may seem like a simpler, cheaper solution, but in fact it makes assembly of the building much more difficult and time consuming. A base plate connector system often costs more upfront, but saves time and money during assembly. It also allows you the option of easily disassembling your building if you ever had a need to.
Make sure that all the accessories that you need are included in the quote. Accessories such as skylights, vents (to control condensation), overhead or sliding doors, service doors, windows and colour options. Every accessory will affect the price, so make sure you're comparing "Apples to Apples" when shopping for your building.
3. Don't forget to compare lifetime cost savings of a steel vs. a wood building.
More accurately designed metal and steel templates are generated and manufactured using computer technology. Measurements, fittings and all components are designed and tooled with laser precision. This allows contractors to make highly accurate estimates and virtually eliminates the cost of buying excessive materials and other unexpected expenses in the building process.
Steel-Arch Buildings are also faster to assemble. They arrive at the construction site in ready-to-assemble pieces and building can be done with as few as 4 people and some basic tools and machines to lift the framework. With all the necessary parts delivered to you, they are relatively simple to assemble and provide enormous savings on labor costs.
It may even be possible to save on insuring your steel structure because the risk from fire is greatly reduced. In many instances, insurance companies offer discounts of around 40%.
By design, pre-engineered steel structures are expandable and very flexible. If you start to outgrow your space, simply add another section. If you or your business moves to another location, simply disassemble the building and move it with you.
Finally, they require less maintenance than conventional wood structures. There is no need to paint or seal a steel building, like you would for a traditional wood building.
What Should You Expect From Prefab Building Kits
More and more purchasers today are opting for prefab metal building kits. And why not? With all of the advantages that these building kits offer, it would almost seem to be a mistake to choose any other construction method.
But how can one decide which type of kit is best suited to your needs? Is a pre-engineered metal building the right option? Would a panelized metal stud building kit be a better choice? What about a metal arch kit? Or a fabric covered metal frame kit?
It is up to you the purchaser to complete your 'due diligence' to ensure that you understand the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks to each building type in order to make the best choice for your building needs. For that, you need to do some research to see what each of the products is like.
Pre-engineered steel buildings can have large open areas, but can be more difficult to finish the interior. Panelized metal stud building kits when erected resemble a steel version of a conventional wood stud building which can have as many as six or seven stories in height (great for office buildings and condos). Metal arch buildings have a user-friendly erection process but it's more difficult and costly to have window and door opening on the building sides.
All metal building kits have the advantage to the purchaser of being prefabricated in whole or in part in a factory environment. This, of course, means that a higher level of quality control can be achieved. It’s this fact alone that should put purchasers at ease. It also means that the purchaser must have all accessories and special loadings accounted for 'up-front'. Once these prefab building kits leave the plant, it may be difficult to make changes that affect the structure.
If you are having your building kit erected by a contractor, it is important that you feel comfortable in dealing with that contractor. You may find that you feel uneasy in dealing with the contractor with a very good reputation. This combination will only spell more stress for you during the erection process and may have you second guessing what has been done.
If I have one parting thought for you it's this: Do your homework. Understand what is available to you in each building kit. Understand what requirements you have for your new metal building. Evaluate carefully the benefits and shortcomings of your options. Only then can you make a stress free, informed decision.